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Trump pushes Georgia governor he helped elect to appoint a key anti-impeachment ally to Senate

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On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that President Donald Trump is pushing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) to name Georgia Congressman Doug Collins to the seat vacated by the departing Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Collins, one of a great many Republicans who is interested in appointment to Isakson’s seat, is a staunch ally of Trump in the House, and has attacked any and all efforts to investigate the president, including the impeachment proceedings into his interference with Ukraine military aid.

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Kemp famously became governor while controversially serving as secretary of state in his own election, which was marred by a number of problems with voter registrations and access in African-American areas. But he also owes his election in large part to President Donald Trump, who endorsed him in the primary over then-Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Now, it seems that Trump would like Kemp to do him a favor in return.

Kemp’s Senate appointment is not guaranteed to be long-term, as Georgia voters will hold a special election for that seat in 2020 concurrently with the regularly scheduled election for Sen. David Perdue.


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Northern Kentucky bar owner flouts mask order in viral video: ‘We’re Americans — we want to have fun’

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A northern Kentucky bar owner shared video of himself and dozens of customers flouting the governor's mask mandate.

Patrick Townsend, owner of Town's End Bar and Grill in Florence, boasted in the video that he would not obey Gov. Andy Beshear's new order requiring masks in public to fight the spread of the coronavirus, reported WXIX-TV.

"What we're saying right now is, f*ck you, we're not wearing any masks," Townsend says in the Facebook Live video. "We are Americans -- we're going to do what we want and we want to have fun."

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Morning Joe’s Mika rains hell on ‘pathetic’ Trump for White House smear campaign against Dr Fauci

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MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski went off on an extended diatribe on Donald Trump and the White House for attempts to smear the reputation of Dr. Anthony Fauci based upon a report from NBC News.

According to the NBC report, "The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, as President Donald Trump works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings of the U.S. coronavirus response."

Using that as a jumping-off point, the "Morning Joe" host called the president "pathetic," and blamed the massive and resurgent spread of the coronavirus solely on the president's bungling of the government's response from day one.

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‘Criminal malpractice’: MSNBC doctor shreds Betsy DeVos for evidence-free plan to reopen schools

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A public health expert blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for pushing to send children and teachers back to school as coronavirus cases explode.

President Donald Trump's education secretary repeatedly dodged questions about safety during Sunday morning interviews on CNN and Fox News, and Dr. Vin Gupta told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the administration's lack of planning was unconscionable.

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